Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Heimo Mikkola received his PhD degree in Applied Zoology and Limnology from the University of Kuopio, Finland. Since 1988, he has been an adjunct Professor of the Eastern Finland University through which he has lately been a part-time visiting professor in the Kazakh National Agrarian University in Almaty lecturing on fisheries and aquaculture to Master’s level students and on Green Biotechnology and Global Food Security to all university teachers. Before and in between his university career, he has worked abroad for well over 30 years in Africa, South America and Central and Southeast Asia mainly with the African Development Bank and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). During these years, he had an excellent free time opportunity to visit and study owls in over 130 countries of the world. Owl studies often took him to the best bat biotopes as well, and he started to collect data on bats eaten by owls. In 2014, he was given the title “Champion of Owls” in Houston, USA, mainly because of his six worldwide distributed and translated owl books.

6books edited

7chapters authored

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This book has nine chapters on Aquaculture Wetland Ecosystem Services Approach and Climate Change Adaptation, which explain how different aquaculture systems could maximize the benefits that society receives from both aquaculture production and the ecosystem services provided by wetland ecosystems. Sustainable development of aquaculture must take into account the societal value of ecosystem services for an efficient and environmentally sound production of food. Although some issues regarding the potential benefits and implementation of sustainable aquaculture remain, the consideration of food security and minimizing ecosystem impacts suggest that the time has come to take action. If we can efficiently farm the land, why can’t we farm more the sea and inland waters?

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